Catholic University Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Catholic University President John Garvey
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Pros
  • Beautiful campus/landscaping, managers and staff members are pleasant to work with (in 3 reviews)

  • friendly community, great location, good benefits, (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Bad upper management at the time, 2011 (in 2 reviews)

  • Could use better health insurance (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Dishwasher, Reciever/Utility Worker

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great working staff in the main kitchen

    Cons

    will not match input funds in 401k

    Advice to Management

    match funds


  2. Enrollment Services -Third Party Billing Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful staff, flexible hours, good pay for work study

    Cons

    Full Time staff deserves more consideration

    Advice to Management

    Provide a raise for full time employees


  3. A University in transition

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits cannot be beat. 21 days vacation for all employees from day 1. Generous time off at Christmas, Easter and all Federal Holidays. Great sick time policy, tuition reimbursement, and Tiaa_Creff contributions

    Cons

    The University is currently in transition. Budget cuts are affecting most departments negativity. A new Provost has just been appointed, so change will hopefully be coming.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions in a shorter span of time. Too long with no communication


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  5. Laboratory Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant to the Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant to the Laboratory in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Catholic University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quiet work environment, good for working and studying.

    Cons

    Non-updated equipment in the laboratories


  6. Public affairs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, convenient Metro access, mission-driven university staffed with talented and collegial professionals. In most respects, a lovely place to work, but it can be a misfit if you are not at least respectful of the Catholic faith, whether you practice it or not.

    Cons

    Pay not competitive with other DC area academic institutions. Struggling with maintaining healthy enrollment.


  7. Great Professors/Supervisors

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Assistant (Biology) in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Research Assistant (Biology) in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great professors, supervisors, faculty and coworkers. Very friendly and supportive environment

    Cons

    Administration is short-sighted and can act brashly when making decisions that have department-wide impacts.

    Advice to Management

    The administration ought to listen to the faculty and staff within departments. They can be extremely helpful during times of transition.


  8. Event Manager - Athletics

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    Current Employee - Event Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Event Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, the people are amazing. Passion and love of the school are qualities every employee holds.

    Cons

    Athletic facilities are dated - lack of monetary resources.


  9. Going from bad to worse.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off and generous holiday schedule. Excellent tuition plan for employees and dependents. The campus is small but nice.

    Cons

    The pay is extremely poor. The administration and leadership are very incompetent They do not manage their finances well and the school is losing enrollment while hiking tuition. The school is currently making reductions to their staff/faculty but yet still are hiring in other areas. The HR department lacks good leadership and they have over the past year become less and less knowledgeable and effective. They apply different rules for different schools and departments so their policies are unfair and inconsistent. Managers are frustrated as they are not given the support and tools they need to direct staff. Not that long ago this was a decent place to work but recently has been on a downward spiral.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to engage with the staff and find out the struggles and hurdles they have to work with on a daily basis. There is very little to no support in this area. There is no opportunity for growth for lower level staff. Train your managers because many of them cannot manage well. HR must change focus and earn credibility among staff.


  10. Wonderful institution, unfortunately currently leadership stinks

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    Current Employee - Faculty in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Faculty in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Catholic University

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Have worked at CUA for almost 2 decades. CUA is a nice small community with wonderful students, staff, and faculty. Most everyone cares for the institution which is truly a gem amongst DC universities. Beautiful campus. Serene.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the president and upper administration don't really know what they're doing and are really driving the institution into a downward spiral. Times are tough everywhere, but the leadership doesn't really have a clue how to get the institution moving forward. With a little vision and strategic planning, it wouldn't take much to move things in the right direction.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is about building the institution up and creating vision and executing a plan. After 5 years of being a president, it would seem there's enough time to develop a vision... and a plan. Also, while the rest of the university is going through austerity, it would be nice for the leaders to also take some of the medicine being passed around.


  11. I was the Editorial Assistant in the Public Affairs Office at Catholic University. I learned a lot about writing as a j

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Editorial Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Catholic University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a lot, and was given many hands on projects of my own to do. Very good if looking into a journalism career in the future! This position was part time and also paid which was great for being able to work multiple jobs to not only earn experience within a field, but also earn money over the summer.

    Cons

    A lot of writing involved, most of which was not incredibly exciting. I enjoyed the program a lot, however realized journalism was not my thing. The job could sometimes get redundant a bit boring.

    Advice to Management

    Great job on the intern position, I really did enjoy it! I learned a lot, and also felt like I made connections with the people within the office. They provided great opportunities for the future regarding another internship, yet also very helpful in moving to a different job in providing references. Thank you!



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